Alabama Music Teachers Association
Affiliated with Music Teachers National Association

State Conference

2019  Conference

67th Annual Conference

Alabama Music Teachers Association

May 30 – June 1, 2019

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH)

Huntsville, Alabama

A Musical Propulsion -  Learning, Teaching, and Performing



Hilton Garden Inn Space & Rocket Center is our Conference Hotel. Rooms can be reserved at the special AMTA conference rate of: $94/night + tax (King/2 Queen Beds). Cut off date for conference rate is April 28, 2019.   

You can reserve the room directly at the following link: or call the Hilton Garden Inn Space & Rocket Center reservations at 256-430-1778 and ask for the group code "Music" for the special conference rate. 

UAH will be offering the brand new on-campus accommodations (Charger Village) for AMTA members’ family and friends for a rate as low as $25 per room (twin bed, linens included) in a spacious 4-room suite per night when four rooms are occupied in the suite. Each 4-room suite includes a kitchen, living room, 2 bathrooms Please email Melody Ng at to inquire further.  

2019 Guest Artist: Norman Krieger

A native of Los Angeles, Norman Krieger is one of the most acclaimed pianists of his generation and is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity and virtuosic flair. As the Los Angeles Times put it, “Krieger owns a world of technique-take that for granted. He always knows exactly where he is going and what he is doing. He never for an instant miscalculates. He communicates urgently but with strict control. He is alert to every manner of nuance and at every dynamic level his tone flatters the ear.”

Myung -Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jaap van Zweden and Zubin Mehta are just a few of the conductors with whom Krieger has collaborated. Krieger regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America, among them the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and the National Symphony. He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and South America including tours of Germany, France, Poland, Holland Scandinavia, Korea, China, New Zealand and Israel. He recently performed at the PyeongChang Music festival in Korea. In September 2014, he recorded the Brahms Sonata Op. 1 and the Piano Concerto No. 2 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philip Ryan Mann, which will be released on Decca.

In recital, Krieger has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia, while chamber music collaborations have included appearances with soprano Sheri Greenawald, violinists Paul Huang, Sarah Chang, Pamela Frank and Mihaela Martin, violist Nobuko Imai, cellists Myung Wha Chung, Jian Wang, Edward Aaron and Frans Helmersen as well as the Tokyo string quartet. His debut at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall and Mostly Mozart Festival earned him an immediate invitation to Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series. Krieger made headlines by being named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition.

He began his studies in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Esther Lipton. At age 15, he became a full-scholarship student of Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School where he earned both his Bachelor and Master degrees. Subsequently, he studied with Alfred Brendel and Maria Curcio in London and earned an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Russell Sherman. A champion of contemporary music, he features the music of John Adams, Leonard Bernstein, John Corigliano, Daniel Brewbaker, Donald Crockett, Judith St. Croix, Lukas Foss, Henri Lazarof and Lowell Liebermann among his active repertoire. Krieger is the founding artistic director of The Prince Albert Music Festival in Hawaii. Since 2008, he has served on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. From 1997 to 2016 he was a professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In August 2016 he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.

2019 Guest Clinician: Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson serves on the piano faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy and Director of Graduate Studies. In 2006, she was the recipient of UW-Madison’s prestigious Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. Johnson has formerly been on the faculties of Augustana College (Illinois), Sterling College, and the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.

In addition to her love for the standard keyboard repertoire, Johnson frequently commissions and programs contemporary solo and chamber works. She regularly performs with Sole Nero, a piano and percussion duo with Anthony Di Sanza, percussion. In an effort to contribute to the repertoire of this diverse medium, the duo has engaged in an extensive commissioning project resulting in many new works by composers such as Laura Schwendinger, Les Thimmig, Evan Hause, Dave Hollinden, Joel Naumann, Joseph Koykkar, Serra Hwang and Michael Kallstrom. In 2004, the duo released its first compact disc recording on the Equilibrium label titled Music per Due. Recent performance venues include the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Society of Composers National Conference, the MTNA National Conference and multiple performances in the U.S. and China.

An active clinician, she has given workshops and presentations at the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, ISME International Conference, MTNA National Conferences, Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP), Portland International Piano Festival, as well as held residencies at major universities and colleges throughout North America, Europe and China. Johnson has articles published in American Music Teacher, Piano Journal of the European Piano Teachers Association, Clavier Companion, Piano Pedagogy Forum and Piano Adventures Teacher Newsletter. She is a two-time winner of American Music Teacher’s Article of the Year Award for “Feeling the Sound: Reflections on Claiming One’s Own Musical Voice (2014) and “The Art of Listening with Depth, Understanding, Flow and Imagery” (2007 – in collaboration with Midori Koga, University of Toronto).

A devoted teacher, Johnson’s students have secured teaching positions in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Passionate about community engagement and arts outreach, she serves as Director of Piano Pioneers, a program that brings high quality piano instruction to low-income community members and high-risk youth in Wisconsin. Piano Pioneers has received generous support from the Evjue Foundation, the Morgridge Institute, the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment, and the Billings Piano Gallery. Johnson received the MM in Piano Performance and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Michigan. She holds the BM in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from East Carolina University. Her principal teachers include Arthur Greene, Charles Fisher and Donna Coleman, and piano pedagogy studies with Joanne Smith and Kerry Carlin. She lives in Madison with her husband, Anthony Di Sanza (UW-Madison Professor of Percussion), and her daughter, Maggie.

Guest String Clinician:  Guy Harrison

Guy Harrison is Assistant Professor of Violin/Viola & String Music Education at Auburn University where he teaches applied violin & viola, chamber music and music education courses. He has held principal positions with the Jackson Symphony (MI) and Lubbock Symphony (TX) Orchestras as well as Associate Concertmaster of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI). Before moving to the United States Dr. Harrison performed regularly with both the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He has also performed with the Arkansas, South Bend, Saginaw, Traverse, Northwest Indiana and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestras, and has toured extensively in Australia, as well as the USA, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.

Dr. Harrison is highly sought after as a teacher and clinician. He regularly works with middle school, high school and youth orchestras and in 2013 was the clinician for the All-West Middle School Honor Orchestra (Memphis, TN). He is a certified classroom teacher and has taught in the Texas public school system as well as establishing private studios in Texas, Michigan, Indiana, Arkansas and Alabama. Dr. Harrison also served as the Director of Education for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. His research interests include string teacher preparation, youth ensembles, musician wellness, string pedagogy and new music.

Dr. Harrison also serves as musical director of the Auburn University Youth Orchestra and in 2015 launched the Auburn University Music Project – an afterschool orchestral string program for local elementary students. Originally from Australia, he completed his Doctoral degree in Violin Performance at Michigan State University in 2012 under the direction of Dr. Walter Verdehr. He also holds degrees from the University of Adelaide (B.M. – Honors), and Michigan State University (M.M.).

Dr. Harrison performs on a J.B. Vuillaume circa 1858.

Guest Voice Clinician: Amalia Osuga

Dr. Amalia “Maya” Osuga enjoys a wide range of opportunities as soloist and ensemble singer, conductor, and voice teacher. A soprano consistently praised for her thrilling coloratura and the “unrelenting authenticity” of her musical interpretations, she can be heard in roles ranging from Mozart’s Queen of the Night to Argento’s haunting Miss Havisham. Solo appearances have included: Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Fauré’s Requiem, Mackey’s Songs for the End of the World, and Mendelssohn’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall.

Osuga recently joined The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice. The 2017-2018 recipient of the University of Oregon (UO) Teaching Excellence Award for studio voice, Maya enjoys sharing her passion for the art of singing with students in applied voice, group voice, and lyric diction courses.

As an artist with a particular interest in art song, Osuga has appeared in recital throughout the United States, and Great Britain, where she premiered works by composers Gregers Brinch and Francis Rainey. Osuga’s research focuses on highlighting the voices of women composers, poets, and the stories of women in art song. Her doctoral thesis “Women In Schubert’s Lieder: Exploring The Female Voice Through His Songs” looks at Franz Schubert’s connection to female poets and the expression of the woman’s voice in his songs.

A life-long lover of choral music, Osuga enjoyed early opportunities as ensemble singer and conductor under Francisco Núñez at the Young People’s Chorus of New York City (YPC). She has served as conductor of the Emerson College Choir, the University of Montana Women’s Choir, and the University of Oregon Repertoire Singers. Her voice teachers include Milagro Vargas, David Cody, Alma Caesari, and Julian Rodescu. She has studied conducting under Sharon Paul, Gary Funk, and James Freeman.


AMTA 2019 Conference Schedule Draft

The University of Alabama in Huntsville


Thursday, May 30

8:30 – 4:00                   Registration

9:00 – 10:15                Opening Ceremony:  Alabama MTNA & AMTA Collegiate Winners

                                            – Roberts Recital Hall

10:30 – 12:00             Jessica Johnson – “Awakening Rhythmic Intuition and Flow in the

                                            Developing Pianist” – Roberts Recital Hall 

12:00 -                            Exhibits Open – Roberts Hall Band Room

12:00 – 1:00                Lunch Break / District Chairs Lunch Meeting

1:15 – 2:45                  Jessica Johnson - “All Hands on Keys: Strategies for Teaching

                                            Students with Small Hands” – Roberts Recital Hall

3:00 – 4:30                  Winners’ Circle Recital – Division III ASRA winner will be chosen

                                            by Norman Kreiger – Roberts Recital Hall

4:45 – 5:15                  Q&A with Gary Ingle, CEO of MTNA – Roberts Hall Choir Room

5:15 – 5:45                  Collegiate Poster Presentation & Judging – Student Services Building

5:30 – 6:00                  Happy Hour – UAH Student Services Building

6:00 – 7:30                  Banquet – UAH Student Services Building (*Business Meeting will

                                            take place at the beginning of Banquet.)

8:00                                 Members’ Recital – Roberts Recital Hall

Friday, May 31

8:00 – 4:00                   Registration

8:00 – 8:25                   Breakfast reception

8:30 – 10:00                Jessica Johnson: Division I, II, III Masterclass – Roberts Recital Hall

10:15 – 11:15             Susan Hoop: “My Favorite Elementary and Intermediate Pedagogical

                                             Piano Literature: How to Hook Students and Lay a Firm Foundation

                                             For the Future” – Roberts Hall Choir Room

10:30 – 11:15             Collegiate Concerto Winners Recital – Roberts Recital Hall

11:15 – 12:15              Lunch Break /

                                             Local Association Presidents, Collegiate, New Members Luncheon

12:30 - 2:00                  Division III Winners’ Recital – Roberts Recital Hall

2:15 – 3:15                    Guy Harrison: Strings Session (1) – Roberts Hall Choir Room

2:15 – 3:15                    Stephanie Archer: “Reading Well: Effective Sight Reading Pedagogy”

                                              – Roberts Hall 212 Room

3:30 – 5:00                   Concerto Winners’ Recital: Division I, II, & III -  Roberts Recital Hall         

7:30                                  Norman Krieger – Guest Artist Recital – Roberts Recital Hall

                                             Reception to follow – Roberts Hall 111

 Saturday, June 1 

8:00 – 3:00                    Registration

8:15 – 8:45                    Collegiate Members Presentation – Roberts Hall Choir Room

9:00 – 10:00                 Member’s Session: Wendy Freeland – Roberts Recital Hall 

9:00 – 10:00                 Amalia Osuga: Voice Masterclass – Roberts Hall Choir Room

9:00 – 10:00                 Guy Harrison: Strings Masterclass – Roberts Hall 212

10:15 – 12:00              Norman Kreiger: Collegiate Masterclass – Roberts Recital Hall

12:00                                Lunch Break / Past President’s Luncheon

1:30                                   Division I Winners’ Recital – Roberts Recital Hall

3:00                                   Division II Winners’ Recital – Roberts Recital Hall